• My mother has metastic Pancreatic Cancer and has been under chemo since Feb this year. Now she has her esophagus 85% closed due to an unknown reason after undergoing radiation on her lower back for bone tumors. Does anyone know what treatments can be give

    Asked by cpadilla2930 on Tuesday, December 6, 2011

    My mother has metastic Pancreatic Cancer and has been under chemo since Feb this year. Now she has her esophagus 85% closed due to an unknown reason after undergoing radiation on her lower back for bone tumors. Does anyone know what treatments can be give

    She just had a gastric tube put in surgically yesterday and is an incredible amt of pain, but I need any suggestions that i can get please. They cant biopsy the area for fear its a blood clot or ulcer or cancer. Please help.

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    • CarolLHRN's Avatar
      CarolLHRN

      It sounds like there needs to be some more imaging done to find out the cause of the closure. The esophagus can be stretched if there isn't another cause for the closure.

      The gastric tube should not be painful for your mom. You may want to check with the doctors. Although many people don't like having a tube in the stomach, being able to get nutrients can help your mom get stronger and feel a little better.

      almost 6 years ago
    • susie81610's Avatar
      susie81610

      Can they do a scope down the throat? If they are careful and don't push it if they come to a spot they will be able to look at it at least. Did the cancer metastasize into the esophagus? Sounds like its time to start asking alot of questions write them down. Like Carol said it can be stretched after my surgery they thought they might have to. Lets hope for the best and that is all that needs to be done. Good luck to you hope its something easy to take care of.

      almost 6 years ago
    • SunnyCloud's Avatar
      SunnyCloud

      When I was receiving internal radiation, they had to intube me. This caused big hematomas in my throat & I couldnt swallow or breathe very well. It went away on it's own. A doctor saw these with a very slim telescope type of thing. He put it down my nose. Hope they take care of this for your mom asap. xox

      almost 6 years ago
    • Blue's Avatar
      Blue

      After I have a day of chemo I can't drink anything cold as it restricts my throat. Luke warm or hot seem to be fine, but
      nurses told me to avoid cold drinks. Don't know if this applies to your mother's situation. Good luck in getting to the cause of her esophagal stricture.

      about 5 years ago

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